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Junction City residents demand action after months of 'undrinkable' water

Knope says the city flushes the water anywhere from two to four times a year and that moving forward the city will be working towards solutions to what the community says is a big problem.

Posted: Jun 3, 2019 8:20 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- People in Junction City are calling on city officials to take action after they say their water has been undrinkable for months.

People have been taking to Facebook to voice their frustrations: "I want to pour the city officials a glass of this water and see if they'll drink it," one person wrote.

Holly Torres has lived in Junction City for 12 years, and she said she's pleased with how the city keeps the residents in the know about when and how often they will be flushing out the water system.

"We have the pitchers that have the filters, and we just fill those up, and that's how we run our water through filtration. And it kind of takes away the coloration of the water from a dingy yellowish color to a nice -- you know it's good now," said Torres. 

She said she has lived here for so long, she just believes the quality of the water is a side effect of the flood-prone area they're in.

KEZI 9 News received photos from viewers who said they're sick and tired of drinking and cooking and bathing in brown water.

They said the city has to flush it every few weeks, and the problem isn't getting any better.

City Administrator Jason Knope said there are many factors that cause this water problem.

"The primary problem there is the age of the water in that line. It's such a big line, and it doesn't get a lot of usage off it and that water sits in the pipe longer, and it ages, which causes a variety of different water issues in our water system," said Knope.

Knope also claimed residents aren't flushing their water heaters like they're supposed to.

Knope says the city flushes the water anywhere from two to four times a year and that moving forward the city will be working towards solutions to what the community says is a big problem.

A Public Works Committee meeting was held at their City Hall Monday night to discuss the city's water filtration plant project and the water quality project.

Stay with KEZI for updates. 

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